June 4, 1942

NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

It is not necessary to have that information.

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Subtopic:   PERSONNEL LISTED IN DEFENCE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

On my return to the house on Tuesday I found that my hon. friend had referred to the matter when I was away. The question was raised when my colleague the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Mr. Macdonald) was dealing with his portion of the war appropriation resolution. I gave instructions immediately on my return to have this information obtained as soon as possible. I learned just before I came in that returns have yet to be made by seventeen directorates in the department. I hope that the information will be available very shortly.

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HONG KONG COMMISSION

INQUIRY AS TO PRESENTATION OP REPORT


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I should like to ask the Minister of National Defence a question I have asked several times before. Is there any possibility of expediting the presentation of the Hong Kong report to this house? I have all respect for the chief justice, but I feel that we have waited a very long time for this report. Perhaps some steps could be taken to expedite it.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PRESENTATION OP REPORT
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

I may say to my hon. friend that I know of no way from the point of view of the government of expediting the presentation of the report. I have indicated my anticipation and expectation that it would be received in due course after what I understood to be the final hearing, I think last week or the week before, but I have not heard anything with regard to the matter. I have no doubt that there is voluminous evidence to be gone over and probably considerable time has been taken in connection with the preparation of the report. I again assure my hon. friend that the government is just as desirous as he or anybody else is to have the report presented as soon as the chief justice finds it convenient to complete it.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PRESENTATION OP REPORT
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

With regard to this very important matter, I think that certain other facts could be pointed out to the public which account in part at least for the delay. A certain portion of the evidence was taken, I understand, in England under commission, and that delayed the submission of arguments by

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counsel. Had that evidence been on hand- and I am blaming no one; it was not physically possible, I suppose, to have it here-the argument would have been over long ago and before Colonel Drew was taken ill.

The submission of counsel in writing was filed at a time anterior to the middle of May, and the oral argument was concluded on May 22. That is not a very long time having regard to the volume of evidence that was taken and the multitudinous number of questions of fact that had to be decided. I think that explanation may help to keep some people quiet for a little while.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PRESENTATION OP REPORT
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JAPANESE NATIONALS

EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

For the information of hon. members, and particularly for the information of the members for British Columbia who are, I know, much interested in the progress in connection with evacuation of Japanese from the British Columbia coastal area, I thought I should make a short announcement.

Through the good offices of my colleague, the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Crerar), and through the cooperation of the Indian Affairs branch, a very satisfactory arrangement has been made for housing of Japanese, particularly women and children, in a number of the residential schools which have been used for Indian children.

The plan is to have the same staff, as far as possible, which has been employed at the schools, operate them for occupancy of the Japanese. Conferences have been held with the various church organizations which have been conducting a number of the schools under consideration, and at the request of the department it has been indicated to us that the church organizations will continue to maintain the institutions for the use of the Japanese.

It has been practically decided to take over the Edmonton residential school which is owned by the Department of Indian Affairs; the school operated at St. Albert by the Sisters of Charity, known as the Youville school; a school at Elkhorn, Manitoba, and one in the province of British Columbia. It will be seen to that the education of the Indian children will not be neglected, and, if necessary, additional day schools will be provided for the continuance of their education.

War Appropriation-Finance

This arrangement will enable a more rapid movement of the Japanese women and children from Vancouver, including those housed in Hastings park, and will also avoid the necessity of a large expenditure for buildings, which would be necessary under any other plan contemplated.

I might say for the further information of hon. members that the total moved to date is somewhat over 12,000.

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Subtopic:   EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA
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NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

How many women and

children will be accommodated in these schools?

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

About 6,000.

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NAT

Grote Stirling

National Government

Mr. STIRLING:

What is the name of the Indian school in British Columbia that will be so used?

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I thought the hon. member would ask that question. I cannot say at the moment.

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Subtopic:   EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA
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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

Can't you pronounce it?

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

There may be something in that.

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Subtopic:   EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA
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NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

The minister says that he does not know the name of the Indian school in British Columbia. Does he know the district in which the school is situated?

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I am not as well

acquainted with the province as my hon. friend, but he can rest assured it will be outside a vulnerable area.

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EVACUATION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL AREA
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June 4, 1942